03/04/15 2:57pm

Snow plow - Carlyle area of Old Town

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Alexandria area for Thursday, March 5, 2015, from midnight to 9 p.m.

Significant accumulation of ice and snow may result in a Level 2 storm, which means that travel could be dangerous and some residential roads may not be clear until later in the week. Because the storm is expected to begin with rain, pre-treating streets with salt brine will not be effective. This type of precipitation often results in power outages. The City urges all residents and businesses to be prepared on an ongoing basis for the possibility that it may not be safe to travel for three or more days, and that power may be out during this period.


03/04/15 2:46pm

Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has upgraded the previously issued Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning whereas the next storm is expected between 12:00 midnite TONIGHT through 9:00 PM Thursday, March 5. The heaviest snow is expected between 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Thursday.

A warning is issued when a winter storm is occurring or is about to occur in the area, usually within 36 hours. Generally, a Winter Storm Warning is issued when accumulation of ice or snow is happening or going to happen.


03/04/15 2:23pm

Top Chefs and Best Buddies Participants Create Delicious Treats to Raise Money

Best Buddies logoAs many people know, life is always sweeter when you have a great buddy by your side and Best Buddies Virginia’s Chef Buddy pairs will prove that at Life is Sweet, a culinary tasting event, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, while raising funds to support the Best Buddies programs.  Long-time partner CSC will host the event at their headquarters located at 3170 Fairview Park Drive in Falls Church, Virginia from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, with sponsors to include SAP NS2 and Exelis.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste savory treats and decadent desserts created by many of the best chefs in the area. Each chef has been partnered with a Best Buddies participant, and all of the pairs will showcase their treats throughout the evening. This event provides a wonderful example of the work-life opportunities that exist in our community, while showcasing the abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Life is Sweet Chair Susan Wallace, Executive Pastry Chef of BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant. “I really enjoy sharing my passion of pastry with my Buddy Chef and shining a light on such a worthy cause.”

“Exelis is pleased to support and contribute to the mission of Best Buddies,” said Bob Edmonds, Exelis Vice President and Best Buddies Virginia Advisory Board Member “Exelis is committed to bringing diversity to the workplace, building upon its history of civic engagement, and continuing to provide opportunities for the disability community.  We are honored to join Life is Sweet as a sponsor this year.”

Guests will sample delicious creations from culinary artists including Chef Chris Hutcheson of District Commons, Suga Chef’s Padua Player, Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso, Eurest Catering and Chef James Foley, Swiss Bakery’s Chef Bethany Drake, Chef Susan Wallace, and George Fassiadis of the Weston National Harbor to name a few.  Highlights of the evening will include a silent auction running throughout the tasting, and a live auction scheduled to take place at 8:00 pm. Featured auction items include restaurant certificates, hotel accommodations, sports memorabilia, an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, a stay in a luxury apartment in Buenos Aires, an In-Home Cooking Demo for up to 10 people with Executive Chef Gregory Booth and Pastry Chef Padua Player, and much more.

Tommy McFly, host of 94.7 FRESH FM, will be the emcee for the night, and Miss District of Columbia USA, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA, Miss Virginia USA and Miss Teen Virginia USA will also be present to support the cause.  Tickets can be purchased at www.bestbuddiesvirginia.org/lis or by contacting Best buddies Virginia. Sponsorship and donations are also available.

For more information, contact Chris Hammond by phone at (703) 533-9420 or email ChristopherHammond@bestbuddies.org.

03/03/15 6:31pm

Winter Weather
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area for Wednesday night March 4 @ 7:00 PM through 7:00 AM March 5. 5 INCHES OF SNOW OR MORE is quite possible. A Winter Storm Watch means there may be hazardous winter weather due to various elements such as heavy snow, sleet, or ice accumulation from freezing rain.


03/03/15 5:54pm

alexandria logoOn March 3, Acting City Manager Mark B. Jinks presented City Council with a proposed General Fund Operating Budget (PDF) of $647.9 million and an All Funds budget of $815.0 million, which represent increases over the current year of 1.7% and 1.3%, respectively. This budget includes a $197.8 transfer to schools, a 3.1% increase over FY 2015 funding. The proposed budget includes no increase in any tax rate, and invests $1.6 billion over 10 years in Alexandria’s Capital Improvement Program.

“My budget provides a sustainable path forward and retains core services.” said Jinks. “I am proposing the necessary investments to ensure a bright future for Alexandria.”

The proposed budget reflects City Council’s Strategic Plan, analysis in the City’s Five-Year Financial Plan, the five budget priorities first adopted by the previous city manager, and extensive input from community engagement meetings and online forums.

“City Council looks forward to carefully reviewing the Acting City Manager’s proposals,” said Mayor William D. Euille.  “We share the goal of a strategic and forward-thinking budget that values our entire community.”

The City faces the eighth straight year of budgetary challenges, due to the slow recovery from the national recession, a regional economic downturn, and a sluggish revenue forecast.  These factors combined to create a $31 million revenue gap as this year’s budget was being prepared.  The budget process incorporated the new approach first used to develop the FY 2015 budget, which seeks to link spending to long-term outcomes. In addition, each department contributed options to reduce spending strategically, without making the kind of across-the-board cuts that tend to encourage quantity over quality. Incorporating many of these options is one reason why the proposed budget avoids the need for more dramatic cuts.

The budget underscores the City’s investment in its workforce, funding merit increases for employees who earn them through performance, increasing starting pay for police officers,  providing an across-the-board salary increase for all other sworn police positions, and adding an additional step to the firefighter/paramedic career ladder.

City Council will hold eight work sessions throughout March and April to review the proposed budget with City staff; a public budget presentation on March 5 at Samuel Tucker Elementary School; a special budget public hearing on March 16; and a tax rate public hearing on April 21. All sessions are open to the public and will be recorded and posted online. The public may submit comments online, or speak at the public presentations and hearings.

The full Acting City Manager’s message to City Council, and details about the proposed budget, public budget presentation and public meetings, and online comments, are located at alexandriava.gov/Budget .

03/03/15 4:56pm

Acting President & CEO promoted from within organization

AEDPThe Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) announces the retirement of Val P. Hawkins after nearly six years as President and CEO. Hawkins was chosen by the AEDP Board of Directors in 2009 to lead the organization, whose mission is to grow and retain businesses in the City of Alexandria.

Hawkins tenure at AEDP is most notably defined by the integral role he played on the team that secured the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) relocation to Alexandria. On the City’s behalf, Hawkins led the information exchange and communications required during the multi-year procurement process between the City of Alexandria and the federal government, brokers and developer.


03/03/15 4:12pm

Alexandria, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Valor Awards Sixteen public safety personnel will be recognized on April 30 at the 2015 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Foundation Public Safety Valor Awards Luncheon to be held at Alexandria First Baptist Church beginning 11:30 AM.

The program, presented by Inova Alexandria Hospital, will recognize acts of valor by police, fire, and sheriff deputies during incidents occurring in 2014.

“Heroism, courage, bravery and balancing commitment to community, team and families is what we honor during our Public Safety Valor Awards Luncheon,” stated John T. Long, Chamber President & CEO.

This year’s honorees, listed below, includes two K-9 recipients. For information and to make reservations to attend the Valor Reception, please visit this link.